Gtown Christmas Parade and Italy Tour Info (11/10)

Good Afternoon Italy Tour Participants, Just a couple things for you about the Christmas Parade on Saturday and a couple of updates on the trip. Germantown Christmas Parade.This Saturday is the Germantown Christmas Parade. It is our last parade performance before New Year’s Day. Here is the timeline for Saturday. 11:00 am Rehearsal starts in the band room. 12:30 pm Break for getting into uniforms and head to the parade-route. 2:00 Parade begins. 3:30 Return to GHS after the parade, put away uniforms and go home. Route: The parade starts on Pigrim Rd. by Walgreens and the post office. Travels north to Fond du Lac ave, then west on Main Street, turns south onto Squire and finishes at Life Church. It is just over 1 mile. The Rome parade is 1.7 milesUniform: For Saturday, we will wear the full uniform with the cape and warhawk sash. You will need to provide long black socks and white gloves. Under the uniform, you need shorts and a t-shirt. Long underwear or other warm clothes can be worn under the uniform, but it cannot be blue jeans or other baggy clothes, such as a sweatshirt. You may wear a Santa hat or other holiday hat for the parade. If you do not have one, then you will need to wear the band shako hat. Rehearsals: Our rehearsal on Monday (11/7) was very productive. Here are the remaining practices. 11/16 Wednesday 6:30-8:3011/22 Tuesday 6:30-8:3011/28 Monday 6:30-8:3012/5 Monday 6:30-8:3012/12 Monday 6:30-8:3012/14 Wednesday Tour Concert at 7:00 in the GHS Aux. Gym. Travel and Tour Information Here is a website with some great information about many of the sites we will see on the tour. http://thefrugalgirls.com/2016/03/top-rome-italy-travel-tips.html. During the rehearsals, we have also discussed the tours and experiences the students will encounter. This site also has some tips for money while in Italy. From past trips, please know that we have had issues with gift cards and planning on exchanging money in Rome. We have had the best luck with credit/debit cards. When using these, please make sure the bank knows the card will be used in Rome. If you get a new card for the trip, please use it before leaving to make sure it works before landing. Exchanging money with your bank before travel does take a few days, but will eliminate any issues when you arrive in Rome.
Parking: Your car is most safe at your own house during the tour. We will be working with the school and Germantown Police on any parking needs that may need to happen at school during the tour. In addition, we return from the trip on a school day and the parking lot is needed for the students. If you can start planning your transportation to and from GHS now, that would be greatly appreciated. We will be sending out information soon asking if anyone needs to leave a car at GHS. Airline Fuel Charge: I received an email from the tour that the airlines raised the fuel surcharge $60/ticket. The exchange rate between the Euro and the US Dollar has not changed much since last year and has actually improved slightly. In addition, there was some savings in other aspects of the tour. They were able to absorb the cost of the fuel surcharge and will not be passing it on to each participant. Mr. Belljbell@germantown.k12.wi.us Mr. Stoneastone@germantown.k12.wi.us